Friday, March 09, 2007
Witnessing in the Bible belt
Sometimes it can be annoying to witness to people in this "buckle of the Bible belt." You know, I finally work up the nerve to actually say something, only to find out that they go to the community church down the road and are a believer. Brian's way of dealing with this is to ask them to pretend that he's been shot and to give him the gospel in less than three minutes. I've devised a new strategy. I came up with it at the lake on Wednesday. We were feeding the ducks puffed corn while the bell tower played love songs. As we started to run low, a lady with two young boys feeding swans and geese at a nearby picnic table offered us a loaf of bread. We were chatting as we fed them together. I was ready to offer her a penny engraved with the Ten Commandments when I noticed the church logo on her shirt. I asked about her church, then if she was a believer in Jesus Christ and was going to stop there after her enthusiastic affirmation, but then decided to give her the penny anyway. I told her how I was going to use it to help her evaluate her life so that, were she not a believer, she would see her need for a Savior. Her son was doing the potty dance during my quick explanation, but I felt much more satisfied about the encounter. I think that this method works three ways. First, without expressing doubt in her believable claim that she is already I believer, I have shared the gospel with her and left her with a reminder in case she needs it. Second, I have left her with a witnessing tool, and taught her how to use it. And finally, if she is a believer, I hope that I have encouraged her to share her faith with others. So now, instead of being a little annoyed to find myself witnessing to yet another believer, I'll be excited to hopefully ignite the fires of evangelism in the believers that I meet.